Vogelherd Mammoth


  • Age: 32,000-35,000 BCE
  • Material: Mammoth ivory tusk
  • Found: Lone Valley (Germany) in 2006
  • Present Location:Museum Schloss Hohentübingen in Tübingen (Germany)
  • Length: 3.7cm
  • Width: 3.0cm
  • Depth: cm

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Found in 2006, the Vogelherd Mammoth is from the caves of the Swabian Alb and was carved with great detail with the use of stone artefacts. The head of the figure is decorated with six short incisions, and the soles have a cross pattern.

There have been a number of finds of small sculptures from within the four caves of Lone Valley in southwestern Germany (Vogelherd, Hohlenstein Stadel, Geißenklösterle and Hohle Fels) as part of the systematic excavations at the site, lead by Tübingen archaeologist Nicholas J. Conard between 2005 and 2009.

A full-size reconstruction of a mammoth (left) and the remains of at least two woolly mammoths discovered during the building of the Stoke High School in Maidenhall, can be seen at the Ipswich Museum.

The plague reads:

Woolly mammoths were a species of elephant adapted to life in a cold environment. Complete carcasses have been found in the ground in Siberia, giving us a very clear idea of what the animals looked like. Adaptations to the cold included an 8cm layer of fat beneath the skin, small ears to minimise heat loss and the thick "woolly" coat.

The Ipswichian Interglacial started around 135,000 - 120,000 years ago and finished about 110,000. Following the warmth of the Ipswichian, came the intense cold of the Devensian stage when an ice sheet spread south, reaching north Norfolk.

Note: This item was "home-made" from FIMO. A copy can be purchased from me - see Services and Sales


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